That’s right, you read correctly, just like last year in Taupo, the 2018 Whai Ora Spirited Woman Adventure Race in the Whakatane Ohope region will be unsupported, and therefore teams will not require a support crew to race.

This means teams have to be self-sufficient, transitioning from discipline to discipline their selves and prohibited from receiving outside assistance during the course of their race.

Whilst you don’t have to rope in a support crew, we welcome and encourage supporters (husbands, kids, partners, family and friends) to accompany teams to Whakatane Ohope to enjoy the a fantastic weekend away. Supporters are free to cheer on and take photos of Spirited Women at points during their adventure Supporters will be able to track their teams with spot trackers and cheer them on at one of many spots along to course where you can easily view the race.

Each team needs their own support crew. Ideally 2-3 people is the best number, but some team’s manage fine with 1 person.

The support crew’s role is to stay in front of their team, drive ahead to Transition Areas (TA’s), prepare for their team’s arrival and then help the team change from one discipline to the next.

A 4WD support crew vehicle would be ideal, but teams will be able to get away with a 2WD for the inaugural event in Rotorua in 2016. Large heavy vehicles such as Motorhomes & Trailers are not ideal given TA’s parking sites are often off-road and tight for space.